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Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review

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Call Quality:

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Review
Despite some minor flaws, such as the crackly tones heard on our caller's end and through the speakerphone, it's still tolerable enough to carry out conversations. Through the earpiece, however, there's not a problem with the distinct voices we're presented with.

Signal strength is hardly a concern with this one, as we didn’t experience any dropped calls or major fluctuation during our usage in the greater Philadelphia region.


Battery:

Even though it pumps enough juice for us to get through a solid day of normal usage, power users are more than likely to connect it to a power source at least once through the course of a day. So yeah, it's pretty much average with its performance.


Conclusion:

If you can somehow see through the boring design of the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G, you'll find a superb Android smartphone that manages to be a good device in the mid-range category. In this day and age, it seems that the sweet spot for mid-rangers tends to be at $100, and at $150 with a 2-year contract, some might think the Relay 4G to be overpriced. Instead, we find it fitting knowing that it's one of the few Android smartphones being released nowadays with a fantastic keyboard – plus, some of the cool software features found with Sammy's flagship. Therefore, if you desperately desire something with a great keyboard, you should keep this in contention at the moment.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 4.0.4
Build Number: IMM76D.T699UVALH1
Kernel Version: 3.0.8-855246-user

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G Video Review:



Pros

  • Fantastic keyboard
  • Smooth performance

Cons

  • Boring design
  • Terrible photo & video capture
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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:42

1. Kostas_13 (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Sep 2012)


Nice for DOS emulator!! :)

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:01 2

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


you guys also gave the photon q a over all 7 when all know its way better than the relay........

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:29

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2993; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I think it's unnecessary to mention about the call reception now...since every phone must be equipped with a good radio! But you can mention that when it doesn't do the phone justice!
Nice review though...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:21

4. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


The only cons is the old Amoled screen of the first SGS, innatural colors and low PPI.

The phone itself seems to be good, it will be available in Europe?

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 11:43

5. SpearDJ (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Ack. Looks like I'm sticking with my G2 for a bit longer.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 14:54

6. downphoenix (Posts: 2268; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


The phone is a weird device, its like part Samsung Epic 4G with its screen size, keyboard, and resolution, and party Galaxy S3 with its phone hardware. Looks like a good device though.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 05:33

7. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


In my opinion QWERTY smartphones are too thick.

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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) Super AMOLED
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A, Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.96 x 2.56 x 0.53 inches
(126 x 65 x 13 mm)
5.6 oz  (159 g)
Battery1800 mAh, 10 hours talk time

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